Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
The Bachelor of Commerce is a flexible three-year degree with 13 majors to choose from.
Business is a diverse and exciting field of study with practical applications to the world we live and work in. From financial markets and the economy, to the latest management practices and the rapidly expanding world of e-commerce, UC Business School provides the knowledge and learning environment to prepare you for a successful future.
UC Business School is proud to have:
- A world-class reputation
- High-quality degrees and qualifications
- A fantastic location and facilities
- Competitive fees
Think global, study local
Throughout your studies, we encourage you to be outward looking and build strong connections with the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors. BCom students have opportunities to participate in business competitions, study tours and clubs and societies. During the academic year there are guest lectures from our Erskine fellows and from industry and community speakers sharing their expert knowledge and experiences.
Supporting future entrepreneurs
At UC you have opportunities to develop your innovative thinking and entrepreneurial skills through the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and student clubs like Entre. Plus there are business competitions, project-based courses and internships where you can apply what you learn in class to real-life situations, giving you valuable work skills for your CV.
BCom students may take part in professional placements and projects. The placements are usually project-based third year university courses for credit and provide support to organisations for current projects or for future wish-list projects which have been shelved due to time or financial constraints. Students are exposed to real-world challenges and gain work experience through the process of addressing a defined business problem in a business or organisation.
Don't want to study full-time?
The Certificate in Commerce is a good option for students who want to study Commerce part-time, or alongside a non-Commerce degree. Courses can be credited to a BCom in the future.
- See Certificate in Commerce for details.
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Choosing BCom courses
Bachelor of Commerce majors
There are 13 majors in the BCom. See our degree plans for how to structure your courses to meet the requirements for each major or view more information on each major via the links below:
Bachelor of Commerce minors
BCom students have the option of completing a minor in a subject from the BCom degree schedule or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree schedule. This allows you to complement your major subject with study in a different discipline (called a minor). A BCom minor can increase breadth of knowledge at an undergraduate level, along with employability.
Check our table to make sure you're taking the right courses at the right stage.
- Any course at 300-level may contribute to only one major or minor.
- Any course at 200-level credited to a minor cannot also be credited to a major or another minor.
- Where the same course is required for more than one major or minor, a substitute course (approved by the Dean of Commerce) will be required.
|Subject||Required courses for minor|
First year core courses
To graduate with a BCom you must complete the requirements of one of the 14 majors as well as core courses. All BCom students must complete five core courses (75 points) from the following: ACCT 102, either ECON 104, ECON 105 or ECON 199 (this is also a STAR course for senior high school students), INFO 123, MGMT 100 and STAT 101.
It is desirable to complete the core courses in your first year of study as they provide a good general business background and are prerequisites (required courses) for 200 and 300-level Commerce courses. However, it is possible to complete some of these courses in your second and third years depending on the requirements of your BCom major. All BCom core courses can be studied without a previous high school background in the subject.
Choosing additional courses
Most students studying full-time take 120 points of courses in their first year. This equates to four courses (60 points) in each semester. If you are looking for an all-round intermediate year that keeps your study options open, consider adding any of the following courses according to your interests:
|If you are interested in:||Consider adding on:|
|Accounting and Taxation||ACCT 103 or ACCT 152|
|Business and Law||LAWS 101 or LAWS 110|
|Business Economics||ECON 104 and ECON 105. Recommended: FINC 101|
|Economics||ECON 104 and ECON 105. MATH 101 or MATH 102 if you are interested in Honours or Master's level in Economics. You should also consider elective courses in Psychology, Sociology and Political Science.|
|Human Resources||Elective courses in Psychology, Sociology, Political Science and Education.|
|Information Systems||INFO 125 and COSC 121 or COSC 122.|
|International Business||Language courses|
|Marketing||MKTG 100 and elective courses in Psychology or Media and Communications.|
|Management Strategy and Entrepreneurship||MKTG 100 and MGMT 170 and elective courses in Psychology, Sociology and Political Science.|
|Operations and Supply Chain Management||MGMT 170|
Students can study for a second major (called a double major) as part of a BCom. Common majors that combine well include: Accounting and Finance, Economics and Finance, Management and Human Resources, Management and Marketing. Other combinations are also possible. With careful planning, a BCom double major can be completed within three years and with some combinations does not require any additional courses. The strength of a double major is that you specialise in more than one discipline, and have more to offer as a BCom graduate.
Many students study for a second degree in addition to a BCom (called a double degree). In particular, a BCom and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a highly marketable combination. The BCom also combines well with degrees in Arts, Science, Forestry Science and Engineering. It is normally possible to complete the two degrees in five years (some degree combinations may take longer).
Students may also wish to consider a conjoint degree in Product Design or Science. The Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Commerce and the Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Science, requires 60 points less than a double degree and will be completed in four years in an intensive format.
- For advice on double majors, conjoint degrees and double degrees, contact a Student Advisor.